Sunday, November 20, 2016

When I'm Tired of Being Thankful

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)

A few weeks ago I met a woman who was new to the shelter where I sometimes serve lunch. She was a Boston College and law school grad who had lived on the Cape - not so different from you or me. However her niece had drained her bank account to feed an addiction forcing my new friend onto the street. Furthermore, without street smarts her few remaining possessions had been stolen. With tears of shock she noted the irony of having previously volunteered at homeless shelters.

I am often struck by how appreciative the ladies at the shelter are for the meal we serve and our Bingo prizes of socks, gloves and toiletries. There is deep sincerity in their words of thanks.

Every November I feel saturated with reminders to be grateful but dutifully list things I’m thankful for. Only when asked the following question did I realize I’ve failed to let a grateful attitude flood my heart:

What if you wake up tomorrow with only the things you thank God for today? (tweet this)

Am I truly thankful for my home and stocked shelves, for the daily choice of clean outfits and for supportive family? I become truly thankful when I imagine losing every blessing I take for granted.

Hence, I have restarted the flow of thanks and praise to God. We can never be too grateful.

What blessings do you take for granted?

#SeedsOfScripture #Thanksgiving #blessings

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